PM wants simultaneous state & national elections, is that possible?
Prime Minister Modi has been speaking in favour of conducting national elections with state elections.
However to make this possible, at least five Articles of the Constitution will need to be amended.
Even the Election Commission has expressed its approval to holding the simultaneous elections.
The process is not easy and will involve a lot of changes at various levels of the Indian administration.
It will include matching the duration of state assemblies with the Lok Sabha to ensure that they are ready for elections at the same time.
The process will also involve the consultation of various poltical parties and making them agree to a single resolution.
Apart from this the additional EVMs/VVPATs that will be needed for simultaneous elections will be worth about Rs 2,000 crore.